In this article you will teach yourself how to create a vlookup formula which returns just true of false. You may need it to check if you have some data missing.
It is possible to create a vlookup formula which returns only boolean values - true or false.
Let's take a look at this example.
I created such a table.
I want to check if I have some data missing. For example I just type a customer's name to check if I need to add it to my data table. In such example I need only true or false answer.
To check it I created such a formula: =ISNA(VLOOKUP($B$7,B2:B5,1,FALSE))
- ISNA - to not get an #N/A! error
- $B$7 - is an absolute reference to a value I know (customer's name)
- B2:B5 - data range 1 - first column
- FALSE - because I need an exact match
Other conditions you may want to use this formula:
- to check if the client should get a discount
- to check if the student passsed get exam
- to check if the cleck should get a bonus
Of course this vlookup based formula can be used both for such basic data tables and for advanced business intelligence dashboards.